We love some Christina Lauren here at XOXO, or as close friends refer to them: CLo. Well, what you may not know is how the two women behind the bestselling duo came to be. In fact, it was just C before Lo came! Our friends at Forbes.com interviewed the ladies and talk everything from Christina’s first book to how Beautiful Bastard came to be to their current steamy read, Dating You/Hating You and everything in between.

How Christina Lauren Went From Fanfiction Fame To 14 Bestsellers

Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular Twilight saga inspired one of the most vocal fandoms of the 21st century. On Fanfiction.net alone, the young adult vampire romance is the third-most popular fandom with over 219,000 works of fanfiction. There are thousands more spread across other platforms such as Archive of Our Own, Wattpad, LiveJournal and Tumblr.

The most prominent professional author to emerge out of Twilight fanfiction—and the fanfiction community at large—is Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, whose four-year earnings total $131 million, according to FORBES. 

But even though James garners the most headlines and highest paychecks for any fanfiction author, she is far from the only Twihard to turn their passion into a profession.

For Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, who write together under the pen name Christina Lauren, their shared frustration with the last Twilight book led to a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster. Hobbs used to be a junior high counselor and Billings, who holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience, worked at a pharmaceutical company; now they are full-time authors.

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